Julia here with a NEWSFLASH on some of the best things we got in with our quarterly U.S. and Canada zine and mini comix delivery. There’s some old favourites and some new things, and as ever in limited quantities, so make sure you pop down and help yourself before it all goes!
New things (and things new to us), first:
Adapt 2 by Jonny Negron
Negron’s work is definitely worth a google, just be advised it’ll be a NSFW one. His images are more often than not sexual (sometimes uncomfortably so) in nature, but also beautiful and bizarre, and Adapt #2 features, as ever, lots of his trademark girls and trippy sci-fi-ish stories. You can read some stuff for free over at Studygroup here, for a taste.
I Was A Teen Comic Nerd by Liz Prince
If you’re into your emo music and your autobio comics, Liz Prince is for you. Apart from her other zines, we now also carry this, which is a collection of her older stuff.
Beach Girls by Box Brown
Finally in stock! With some added bonus James Kochalka, even. Box Brown is just great, strong cartooning and great storytelling and pacing all round. He’s recently released his bio of Andre the Giant through First Second, which we have on the shelves right now, and he’s done a Chalk Marks book with Blank Slate, The Survivalist. Read everything by him. You’ll thank me.
Men’s Feelings by Ted May (Injury Comics)
Short funnies about men’s precious feelings by the guy who brought you the fantastic Injury Comics. What more do you want. Just look at that cover. Have a look at Ted’s website here.
Yellow Zine 4 by Roman Muradov
Roman Muradov’s illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful, as you may already know from NoBrow anthologies and The New Yorker. He’s a magician with pushing cartooning into interesting shapes and abstractions, and I really wish I was better with words so I could fully relay to you how great I think he is. We’re carrying his newest issue of Yellow Zine, issue 3, and also a little zine called Calvinosupplement, which has illustrations for every chapter of Italo Calvino’s brilliant book If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller. Check out Roman talking about his shelves on Comics & Cola here.
Frontier 2, Hellen Jo issue
If you like the sound of tough teen girl gangs hanging out and causing trouble, the new Frontier from Youth In Decline (run by Ryan Sands, who brought you such amazing things as the erotic comics anthology Thickness in the past) will be the one for you. Full of Hellen Jo’s wonderful illustrations. If you’re into Instagram, she updates her frequently with more gorgeous artwork.
Cold Heat Special Edition 4 by Jim Rugg and Frank Santoro
Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac) AND Frank Santoro (Pompeii, Storeyville) in one newspaper comic from Picturebox, you say? Sign me up, etc, etc. Really, though, do sign up. We’ve only got a few, so be quick to snap ‘em up if you want one!
Flowers of Battambang by Em Satya
This comics has been 17 years in the making before Cambodian illustrator Em Satya finished it. I bought it in because it looked awesome and now I can find barely any information about it on the internet, it seems to be THAT obscure. Best come in and buy a copy for yourself. It does look extremely awesome. Here’s a little bit more info on this blog I found.
Noirness by Boulet
This comic is by the amazing Boulet, who’s website YOU SURELY ALREADY FOLLOW RELIGIOUSLY. This comic is great, and mind-boggingly, a 24-hour comic. Yup, he’s drawn a comic this good and accomplished in just 24 hours. Now, before all you cartoonists throw out your pens (like I wanted to when I saw this for the first time), calm down, have a cup of tea, and browse Boulet’s website. It’ll all be okay. Oh, and by the way! Boulet will be a guest at this year’s Thought Bubble convention up in Leeds.
Old favourites, back in stock:
Lou by Melissa Mendes
Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly
Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly
Ritual 1 & 2 by Malachi Ward
Flesh & Bone by Julia Gfroerer
Danny Dutch by David King
Plus much, much more!
Also, if you never got around to getting an Oily Comics subscription, I ordered a bunch of Oily Zines for your perusal, including what there is of Chuck Forsman’s Teen Creeps. See you in the shop!